In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Captain America this month, we’re doing a countdown of your favorite Captain America stories of all-time.
You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Captain America Stories!
20. “The Sleeper Shall Awake!” Tales of Suspense #72-74
It’s kind of funny how this story sort of came about because fans were complaining about the then-current state of Cap’s feature in Tales of Suspense, which was set during World War II. Fans wanted modern tales, so Jack Kirby and Stan Lee answered the call with this excellent three-part story where Captain America realizes that it has been twenty years since he last defeated the Red Skull, and at the time, the Skull mentioned something about sleepers that would go off in twenty years time. Eventually a series of three sleeper robots are introduced, until the come together in the final installment – to destroy the world!
Top notch work from Lee and Kirby.
19. “Man Without a Country” Captain America #450-453
During Project Rebirth, Machinesmith stole some government secrets from Captain America’s mind. He then uses those secrets to brand Cap a traitor. President Bill Clinton has no choice but to strip Captain America of his title and exile him from the United States (he won’t stand trial for treason, out of respect for Cap and the fact that everyone figures there must be some sort of explanation that would mitigate his actions). Cap, now using an energy shield (he later used it again during Waid’s second Cap run), travels around Europe finding the truth to his predicament. After a brief team-up with Doctor Doom, Cap realizes Machinesmith plans to steal the nuclear codes from President Clinton, so Cap makes a triumphant return (in a costume Doom made for him just to mess with him)…
Mark Waid, Ron Garney and Scott Koblish did a bang-up job on this storyline.
18. “Bicentennial Battles” Marvel Treasury Special featuring Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles #1
In this epic graphic novel written and drawn by Jack Kirby in 1976 (with a variety of inkers), Cap is sent throughout the history of the United States on a series of, well, battles during the bicentennial. Here is one of them…
It’s an awesome one-off tale by the master.
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